We were asked by those ever so lovely people at Vintage Parade to carry out a little shoot for their vintage wedding fayre and open day hosted at Slindon College, last weekend. The idea was simple and beautiful. Just gather a whole lot of like minded wedding creatives in a wonderfully decked out marquee, mix in some vintage transport and spice up the main Hall as a Ceremony Room and then prey for good weather!
We arrived just as set-up was coming to an end and met with Alex, the organiser and the Event Managers at Slindon College – Alex loves a good wedding! The day was bright and sunny but the wind blew like mad and we were greeted with people running around catching stray balloons and rescuing overturned signs. So much for the weather!
Inside the marquee we expected to meet the usual mix of tables laden with white table cloths and a few products placed to entice. However, this crowd were, er, different! Ideas for the perfect wedding were overflowing everywhere
Take Mike from Mavis and Mikes quirky little ice cream bicycle – with his giant beard (Rod had a spot of beard envy) and his twirly waxed handlebar mustache complete with beaming grin. Or the lovely lady from the Wind Ups with her take on the DJ by providing wind up gramophones to entertain and delight! Other photographers included Light of Wild and Carrie Lavers showing off some of their stylish shoots.
There were some of our favourite floral arrangements from Lisa at Cabbage White and the beautiful Amanda from Hire Your Day set her stand out with crates and barrels and old furniture – we often wonder where she keeps it all!
Albert and Arthur provided an alternative take on the flowers as did The Toast whilst Crosslands Nursery were there showing us that you don’t have to break the bank for a spanking display at your do. The marquee itself was provided and dressed by Eloise and her Auntie Babs – two of the nicest people in the business and so imaginative! Whereas the House itself was dressed in magnificent style with props from The Toast and Florals by Winter Workshop and Kiss Me lights by Doris Loves.
Dress makers Rosemary Jane and Dave Western were showing some truly gorgeous and whackily off the wall designs off. Dapper and Suave are Two guys dressed like they had stepped off of the Titanic offering bow ties, cravats and other gentlemanly bits and pieces and Little Ladies and Lords were sitting at the sewing machine hand making bow ties and tweed waistcoats…come on, how cool is that!?
Cakey smells wafted about from the amazing and unusual Guns N Poseys and Kasserina Cakes. Giant balloons bobbed gently in the tent supplied by The Feather Balloon Company, wonderfully crafted stationery by ‘Connie & Joan’ was on display and, alongside the Wind Ups there as an amazing 4 piece swing and jazz band led by Amy Baker keeping our feet dancing.
Back outside and the wind had at last died down just enough to sense the enticing smell of wood stove cooked pizza cooked in the tiny ‘teardrop’ caravan by The Wood Fired Larder and a stunning menu thrown together in a wood shed by the people at Garlic Wood Farm. The amazing Tiger Lily bus provided English champagne cocktails and hot drinks on demand and Liquory Kiss stirred up some alternatives from their cute little caravan. Beautiful classic cars were on show from Capstick Classics and a cool as you like VW campervan from Ivory Bay.
Quite a quirky way to spend a sunday we thought!
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